Jewelry By AmyT and mom’s Story
Although JewelryByAmyT is named after me, Amy Theresa, it has evolved into a family affair. JewelryByAmyT started when my mom and me, who both live in the Chicagoland area, started working with fused glass and wire hand making wire bails. Both my mom and I made simple and yet pretty fused glass pendants, but we really wanted to set ourselves apart. So we continued studying the art of fusing glass and also began studying lampworking.
We became hooked on creating beautiful wearable items from glass and there was no looking back.
Also, since we are both avid crocheters we also decided to experiment and teach ourselves how to crochet with wire.
Crochet Wire Earrings & Cords:
I have to admit that we used lots of wire in the process of teaching ourselves how to crochet with wire. But I had in my mind's eye light weight unique funky crochet wire earrings. Plus my mom wanted to create crochet wire cords that would hold and support our fused glass pendants so we continued to try. After many attempts and lots of ruined wire, we figured out how to create beautiful jewelry with wire. Then we began the process of creating the designs that were in our mind's eyes.
Decorative Magnetic Id Badge Holders:
Carrie, who lives in Oklahoma, thought that our glass pieces could be turned into magnetic id badge holders for her to wear to work everyday. She wanted something that was comfortable and fashionable in addition to being functional.
So we experimented with a variety of different methods and supplies to make a functional, durable yet fashionable magnetic badge holder. I have to admit that we had to redo and improve our supplies more than once during the first year or so of designing and creating these magnetic badge holders. But after lots of hard word, experimenting and putting our family’s creative minds together, we have come up with a magnetic badge holder design that Carrie and her follow co-workers just love.
Fused Glass Earrings:
My teenage nieces (granddaughters) Rachel and Jurnee visited this past summer and wanted to make smaller sparkly fused glass post earrings, fancy hair pins and pony tail holders. Needless to say, we are had a lot of fun with our summer art project by designing and creating them together. And of course some of these new designed ended up in our Etsy shop.
Charity Critter Beads:
Then along came Maddie, PCF’s April and May’s charity gal. Even though we have never had the privilege of meeting her directly, our hearts went out to this 5 year old and her family. So much so that my mom was inspired to create a new line of lampwork beads that we named “charity critter beads”. Currently one dollar from each critter bead sale goes to Maddie and her family.
Our Continuing Goal:
Regardless of how we progress with our creatively, our goal is that people of any age will want to wear - more importantly, feel fabulous wearing our creations!